Luca Turin was born in Beirut to Italian Argentinian parents. He studied in France and the UK (Physiology and Biophysics PhD, 1978 University College London) and wrote the first critical guide to perfumes in French in 1992 and a much larger one in English in 2008 with co-author Tania Sanchez. Turin devised a novel, quantum theory of how smell works in 1996 and has been working on it ever since. He worked as staff Scientist with the French CNRS, and as lecturer at UCL. Turin also designed novel aromachemicals for a US molecule discovery company. He is author of a popular science book and a collection of essays and lives in Athens, Greece and where he works at Alexander Fleming Institute as Stavros Niarchos Foundation Researcher.
Saskia Wilson-Brown co-directed the Silver Lake Film Festival and ran international filmmaker outreach at Al Gore’s Current TV while producing initiatives and media around new models in filmmaking or the arts. In 2012, her interest in transmedia practices led her to create The Institute for Art and Olfaction, a non-profit devoted to experimentation with scent. Through the IAO, she has launched partnerships with institutions such as Goethe Institut, Getty Institute, Danish Film Institute, National Media Museum UK, Hammer Museum, Wallace Collection, and many more. She launched the Art and Olfaction Awards in 2013, an international awards mechanism for independent and experimental perfumers.
St. Jerome's University
University of Waterloo, Faculty of Arts
University of Waterloo, Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo, Faculty of Science